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Holiday Weekend

Movie Marathon

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Local Events

Nov

18

Beaujolais Nouveau Party

Celebrate the release of the best wine for your Thanksgiving turkey.

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Nov

19

Third Thursday shopping

Get a jump on your list when shops along 14th Street stay open late.

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Nov

20

'Holidays on Display'

An American History museum exhibit looks at store window decorations and the Macy's parade.

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Nov

21

Montgomery County Thanksgiving Parade

Colorful floats and musical units march through downtown Silver Spring.

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Nov

22

Roland Mesnier's Gingerbread House

See a former White House pastry chef practicing his craft.

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Nov

23

A Christmas Carol' at Ford's Theatre

Ford's Theater presents its annual version of the holiday classic.

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Nov

24

Balanchine's 'The Nutcracker'

The Pennsylvania Ballet performs unique choreography for this honored ballet.

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Nov

25

Creche Exhibit at National Cathedral

An exhibit of nativity scenes from around the world.

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Nov

26

Bethesda Turkey Chase

Eat dinner guilt-free by running a 10K on Thanksgiving morning.

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Nov

27

Anti-Mall Crawl

Enjoy drink and food specials at a bar crawl benefitting Manna Food Center.

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Nov

28

A Chanticleer Christmas

Medieval and Renaissance music and favorite Christmas carols.

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Nov

29

Gingerbread House Contest

Master bakers create palaces out of gingerbread.

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Nov

30

Gaithersburg Winter Lights Festival

Enjoy more than 380 illuminated vignettes and 65 animated displays.

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Dec

1

Holiday Magic

Get in the spirit with a train display at the Botanic Garden.

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Dec

2

Striking 12'

A musical featuring the band GrooveLily about attempts to avoid a hectic New Year's Eve in New York.

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Dec

3

National Christmas Tree Lighting

Even without tickets, hundreds gather near the Ellipse for a glimpse of the action.

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Dec

4

Bethesda's Winter Wonderland

Hear choral groups and see ice sculptors and Santa at this community fest.

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Dec

5

Scottish Walk and Parade

Alexandria's unique tradition attracts more bagpipe bands than you've ever seen.

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Dec

6

Wolf Trap Sing-A-Long

Don't forget to bring your bell to this local tradition.

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Dec

7

Bull Run Festival of Lights

Drive through dazzling lights at one of the area's most popular holiday displays.

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Dec

8

Seasons of Light

A multicultural celebration of global winter holidays.

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Dec

9

Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Christmas music gets the prog-rock treatment from this 60-piece orchestra.

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Dec

10

Santa Jam

Local rockers get in the holiday spirit and raise money for charity.

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Dec

11

A Jazzy Nutcracker

Area dancers tell the holiday story to Duke Ellington and hip-hop tunes.

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Dec

12

Santa Stumble

Dozens of St. Nick-suited revelers go on a bar crawl to benefit the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Fund.

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Dec

13

Motown Memories Holiday Show

Washington-area figure skaters strut their stuff on the ice.

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Dec

14

Merry Tuba Christmas

Hundreds of horn players perform holiday classics.

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Dec

15

The Rockettes

The Radio City Music Hall favorites come to the Patriot Center for the first time.

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Dec

16

'It's a Wonderful Life'

The Jimmy Stewart classic screens before "Home Alone" at the Silver Theatre.

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Dec

17

NSO: Handel's 'Messiah'

The Washington Chorus accompanies the orchestra at this seasonal favorite.

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Dec

18

A Muppet Family Christmas

Kermit, Big Bird, Fozzie and the Fraggles tell a Christmas story.

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Dec

19

Craft Mutiny Holiday Market

Find one-of-a-kind gifts at the mini, wintertime version of Crafty Bastards.

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Dec

20

Chanukah Party

Jewish singles and couples in their 20s and 30s mingle over drinks and food.

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Dec

21

Zoo Lights

Explore the zoo in darkness and take in the animal-themed light displays.

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Dec

22

Washington Ballet: The Nutcracker

In Septime Webre's version, George Washington is the title character.

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Dec

23

Kennedy Center Messiah Sing-Along

Sing along to Handel's seasonal classic.

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Dec

24

Water-Skiing Santa

Santa and his reindeer swap sleighs for skis.

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Dec

25

All-Star Christmas Day Jazz Jam

Funk up your holiday with this annual jazz jam.

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Dec

26

Holiday Vaudeville

A magician and modern klezmer music offer a quirky take on traditional tunes.

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Dec

27

Kwanzaa Celebration

Music, dance, drumming and spoken-word performances mark the holiday.

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Dec

28

Kwanzaa Workshop Series

Get hands-on with traditional African instruments.

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Dec

29

Festival of Lights

See the holiday decorations at the Mormon Temple.

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Dec

30

Norwegian Christmas at Union Station

And amid all that train station bustle, you'll see Christmas decorations.

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Dec

31

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings

The most dynamic leading lady around helps you ring in 2010 with '70s throwback funk.

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Gifts

E-mail

DC Scout

Gift guide

Gifts for the reader

Looking to give a lasting token? Scroll through these gift book ideas.

Gift wrap, buying guides, charitable giving and more in 'Gifts'

Entertaining

Holiday treats

Holiday cookies 2009

Our list of baked gems includes options for all -- from the savory to the crisp, the buttery to the vegan.

Holiday recipes, fancy china and more in 'Entertaining'

Fashion

Live Q&A

Talk Fashion

Scene In

The holiday party

Our video series peeks in as a lobbying firm celebrates the season in style.

Fashion advice, winter trends and more in 'Fashion'

Activities

Going Out Guide

GOG Blog

Holiday movies

Get in the spirit

Looking for a new way to celebrate? Try one of these unconventional holiday films.

Seasonal movies, entertainment and more in 'Activities'

Seasonal Survival

Column

The MisFits

Gallery

Holiday perils

We offer some helpful tips to help you dodge the hazards of the holiday season.

Holiday sanity, travel, fitness and more in 'Seasonal Survival'

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